2017 NFL free agents: Does Rey Maualuga fit with Miami Dolphins?

The Bengals cut Rey Maualuga today. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins are still looking for another starting linebacker–Neville Hewitt would be the presumptive starter next to Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons at this point–and a proven one became available today.

Cincinnati released eight-year veteran Rey Maualuga this afternoon, and he could be worth a look for Miami. He’s coming off a tough season in which he played through a leg injury and made just six starts. He had 27 tackles and one interception last year. Pro Football Focus ranked him the No. 85 linebacker in the NFL last year, two spots ahead of Jelani Jenkins.

Prior to that, he averaged 80 tackles per season for the Bengals.

Newly named Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke was Cincinnati’s linebackers coach in 2014 and ’15.

Maualuga has been a middle linebacker, which would be an interesting fit with fellow inside linebackers Timmons and Alonso. The Dolphins have said they’re considering moving Alonso outside, and he’s comfortable with the change if that’s what they want.

Maualuga, 30, makes sense for Miami if he’s willing to come in on an affordable one- or two-year deal. He was set to make about $3.7 million this season.

The Dolphins also theoretically remain interested in free agent linebacker Zach Brown, who visited the team this week.

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